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GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (18-30-7) at Los Angeles Kings (30-23-5).

TIME: Saturday, 4 p.m. EST.

The Los Angeles Kings don't want to try and end a long losing streak once the NHL starts up again after the Olympic break.

The Kings look for their first win nearly three weeks as they meet the Chicago Blackhawks in the second-to-last game before the league shuts down for the Turin Games.

Los Angeles has lost eight straight - its longest skid since a franchise-record 11-game skid from March 16-April 4, 2004. The Kings will meet the Pacific Division-leading Dallas Stars on Sunday before the break.

"We're beating ourselves up mentally," Los Angeles coach Andy Murray said. "We need to win a game to get the feeling going."

The Kings' losing streak reached seven games after a 7-4 loss Wednesday to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Los Angeles had a 3-1 lead after one period before giving up five consecutive goals, including two 14 seconds apart midway through the third.

"We just let them come back," U.S. Olympian Craig Conroy said. "The bottom line is we made some mistakes and they capitalized."

The Kings haven't won a game since posting a 3-2 overtime victory Jan. 23 against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Chicago fell to 1-3-0 on its six-game road trip leading up to the break after a 2-1 loss Thursday to the San Jose Sharks.

Craig Anderson gave up goals to Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton 45 seconds apart late in the first period and finished with 30 saves.

"Anytime you see a lot of shots and only give up two goals, that's a good night," Anderson said. "They have a very potent offense."

Kyle Calder tallied the lone goal for Chicago late in the second, but were unable to get any of its 14 third-period shots past backup goalie Vesa Toskala.

"We had a ton of chances in the third period. We just couldn't score," Chicago's Martin Lapointe said.

Chicago is trying to avoid its third loss in a row in Los Angeles.

STANDINGS: Blackhawks - 43 points, 4th place, 38 PB, Central Division. Kings - 65 points, 2nd place, 14 PB, Pacific Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Blackhawks - Mark Bell, 19 goals; Tyler Arnason, 27 assists and 39 points; Matthew Barnaby, 131 PIM. Kings - Pavol Demitra, 20 goals; Lubomir Visnovsky, 38 assists; Conroy, 53 points; Sean Avery, 195 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS: Blackhawks - Power play: 12.6 percent (37 for 293), 30th in NHL. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (332 for 394), 9th. Kings - Power play: 15.1 percent (58 for 384), 27th. Penalty killing: 78.2 percent (287 for 367), 28th.

GOALTENDERS: Blackhawks - Anderson (3-9-1, 0 SO, 3.59 GAA); Adam Munro (3-3-2, 1, 2.73). Kings - Mathieu Garon (21-15-3, 2, 3.04); Jason LaBarbera (9-8-2, 0, 3.19).

SEASON SERIES: Kings, 2-1.

LAST MEETING: Nov. 30; Blackhawks, 3-2. At Chicago, Calder scored two of Chicago's three power-play goals and Nikolai Khabibulin made 19 saves. Demitra scored with a second to play in the contest for the Kings.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Blackhawks - 8-17-4 on the road; Kings - 17-9-1 at home.

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